Football: Fox Chapel grad helps St. Vincent turn corner

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Joe Koch profiles Fox Chapel graduate Renny LaRue-Holloman, who is now a standout football player at St. Vincent.

"Renny LaRue-Holloman was unaccustomed to losing during his first three years of high school when he was a member of the Schenley High School football team.

But when that school closed, LaRue-Holloman finished out his high school career at Fox Chapel where the 2011 team finished with a 3-7 record.

Sure, it was a losing season. But that's something that would be rectified once LaRue-Holloman began his college career at Saint Vincent College.

But as noted ESPN college football analyst and former college coach Lee Corso likes to say: "Not so fast, my friend.""



Football: Fox Chapel grad one to watch at Pitt

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Joe Bendel profiles Fox Chapel graduate Adam Bisnowaty, who is now a standout football player at Pitt.

"The big and burly Pitt offensive lineman – the one with the prolific beard and shoulder-length hair – morphs into a gentle giant when he enters Children's Hospital to visit ailing youngsters. Junior Adam Bisnowaty -- all 6 feet 6, 300 pounds of him -- hugs, holds hands and hears stories of struggle and survival. He is blown away each time.

"I tell people, 'It's nice to go and impact these kids' day,'" said Bisnowaty, a former Fox Chapel High football star who enters his third season as Pitt's starting left tackle. "But the truth is, they impact your day even more."

Bisnowaty has spent so much time at Children's that he's been asked to take a volunteer training course. This will enable him to visit at any time without going through the standard scheduling process.

"I hit my limit for visits this year," Bisnowaty said, proudly. "I'm excited about getting volunteer [status].""



Alumni Update - Jen Moran (Gannon)

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ERIE, Pa. – Senior Jess Rectenwald of the Gannon softball team was selected the Eastern College AthleticMoran Gannon Conference (ECAC) Division II Softball Co-Player of the Year announced by the conference this week.


Rectenwald and sophomore Jen Moran were named first-team selections and junior Alyssa Bates claimed a spot on the second team.


Moran, a Fox Chapel graduate, started in all 42 games she appeared in this season. The second baseman registered a .322 batting average, ranking fifth on the team.


Among team leaders, she finished tied for first in doubles (12) and triples (2) and occupied second in runs scored (33), third in slugging percentage (.517) and total bases (74) and fourth in hits (46). Compiling 12 doubles this season, she ranked seventh among conference leaders.


For the first time in her career, Moran was named to the All-PSAC Second Team. She was chosen the PSAC Western Division Softball Athlete of the Week March 9.

She hit a combined .478 (11-23) compiling three runs scored, three RBI and five doubles in eight games to open the season at the National Training Center March 1-7, in Clermont, Fla. Gannon posted a 6-2 record with Moran in the lineup.


(photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel denied state title

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

2015 0612 FoxChapel BVolleyball(Photo: Fox Chapel's Max DePellegrini sets up a shot against Seneca Valley's Taylor Matthews (15) during the PIAA semifinal match June 2. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

The Fox Chapel Area High School boys volleyball program made its second appearance in a PIAA championship match last Saturday at Penn State's Recreation Hall. The site was the same as the Foxes' first trip, and unfortunately for them the results were also similar to the first visit.

In 2006, the year before the PIAA switched to two classifications, Fox Chapel faced Landisville Hempfield of District 3 in the title match. The Foxes won the first set, then lost the next three, as Hempfield won its fourth title in five years.

This year's Fox Chapel squad suffered the same fate in its PIAA Class AAA title match against Parkland, the District 11 champion. A large contingent of Fox Chapel fans was thrilled as the Foxes won the first set and held a 16-11 lead in the second set. But their joy turned to disappointment as Parkland rallied to win the second set, then swept the third and fourth sets to claim its first title.

"The players on both teams invested a lot of time into getting this far," Fox Chapel coach Phil O'Keeffe said. "It's going to be awesome for one team and really bad for the other team. Unfortunately, we were the team that came up short and that really hurts. In a few days the kids will be able to look at this and be proud of what they accomplished."


Boys Volleyball: Fox Chapel defeated in PIAA Class AAA championship

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Ken Wunderley covered Saturday's PIAA Class AAA championship between Fox Chapel and Parkland. Read his story below.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Fox Chapel boys volleyball team had the Parkland Trojans right where it wanted them.

The Foxes claimed the first set and held a 16-11 lead in the second set in Saturday's PIAA Class AAA title match at Penn State's Recreation Hall. It looked as if Fox Chapel would finally win its first state title.

But it wasn't meant to be, as Parkland took charge from that point on and registered a 3-1 win to claim its first PIAA title.

"Communication and ball control," said coach Phil O'Keeffe when asked about the Foxes' disappointing finish. "We had some communication breakdowns and didn't make smart decisions with the ball at times. We let them get back into the game. You can't do that in a match of this magnitude."